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December 21, 2023 | Community Development, Downtown Cedar Rapids

Downtown District Announces New Hire

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Downtown District announced today that Jennifar Bassett has been hired as the Downtown District Program Manager. Bassett will begin her new position o...

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November 28, 2023 | Community Development

Holiday Lights Shimmer for the Season

Downtown is shimmering as twinkling lights go up in transforming the urban core. The MedQuarter and Downtown SSMIDs (Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District) have joined...

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October 26, 2023 | Community Development

Navigating Growth: The MedQ’s Journey of Community-Centric Service

Positioned as a dynamic hub where healthcare and community life intertwine, the MedQuarter Regional Medical District (MedQ) stands as a vibrant ecosystem within the Cedar Rapi...

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MedQ Blog Feature

October 9, 2023 | Community Development, Economic Development & Workforce, Uncategorized

Beautification and Safety are Priorities for Cedar Rapids’ MedQuarter: A Vision of Excellence

In Cedar Rapids, an exciting transformation has been happening where both aesthetics and safety are being improved to create a welcoming community environment. The MedQuarter ...

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September 14, 2023 | Business Support, Community Development


Fall is in the air with cooler temps and smells of pumpkin lattes! The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance is offering a fall guide of our favorite things to do in this area ...

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Affordable Housing in Iowa

September 1, 2023 | Community Development, Economic Development & Workforce

Rooted in Community: Affordable Housing in Iowa

In today's competitive market for workforce , the demand for affordable housing has never been more critical. It is not just a matter of providing shelter; it's about empoweri...

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August 4, 2023 | Community Development

Unsung Heroes of the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market

The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market has become a staple in the city’s summertime experience. On Saturday mornings during the season, thousands of people gather and roam...

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NewBo City Market

July 10, 2023 | Business Support, Community Development

NewBo City Market Brings Produce-Focused Farmers Market to the Community

NewBo City Market has added a new initiative to its market experience that brings more locally produced food to the Cedar Rapids community. The Farmers at the Market program i...

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MedQuarter Regional Medical District

June 29, 2023 | Community Development, Economic Development & Workforce

Discover the MedQuarter Regional Medical District: A Hub of Health Care Excellence

MedQ Aerial Courtesy Amperage Nestled in the heart of Cedar Rapids lies a vibrant and innovative community dedicated to health care, convenience and quality of life. The MedQu...

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City View Community High School

March 1, 2023 | Community Development, Economic Development & Workforce

Economic Alliance Welcomes City View Community High School Into Our Downtown Location

Valued members, as you know, a focused mission of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance has always been to unite the community in as many facets as possible. That being sai...

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Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company

February 20, 2023 | Business Support, Community Development

The Perfect Refreshing Partner of Restaurant Week 2023

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company is the proud supporting sponsor of the Economic Alliance’s Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week 2023. Restaurant Week is a ten day, buy local foo...

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September 14, 2022 | Community Development

Big Little City for Your Housing Investment

​Moving to a new city is a life changing decision. Whether it’s for a new career opportunity or to move closer to family, investing in a home can be a big risk. The Cedar ...

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Image of Next Nature Mural

September 7, 2022 | Community Development

The Story Behind the Story: Next Nature Mural

​In late August local artist and owner of the Underground Art Studio, Scott Takes finished Next Nature, a dual mural that now adorns two sides of the Fix Salon building on t...

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August 1, 2022 | Community Development

MedQuarter’s First Commissioned Mural Completed

​An array of artistic beauty lines the west- and north-facing walls of the Citywide Cleaners building along A Avenue NE between 8th and 10th Street. The “Choose Kindness...

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Image with text Nearly one in five farmers market vendors started after the pandemic

July 27, 2022 | Community Development

Nearly One in Five Farmers Market Vendors Started After the Pandemic

​The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market can be the door for entrepreneurs to kickstart their passions and new business ideas. Economic downturns such as the 2020 COVID-19 ...

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